• STEP 1: Select your major and create your college list

    Timeline: By the end of your junior year, you should have a list of approximately 5 colleges to apply to. This usually consists of 1 "safety" school, 2-3 "match" schools, and 1 "reach" school.

    Selecting a Major

    Take a free career inventory to see recommended careers based on your interests and skills

    Assured Admissions Chart

    Some public colleges in Texas offer "assured admissions" for students who meet certain criteria.

    Texas colleges that offer free tuition

    Some universities offer free tuition based on family income.

    College Search Engines

    These tools can help you find colleges that have your major.

    Community College Comparison Chart

    This chart compares the community college options in the Williamson County Area.

    List of Majors at Austin Community College

    This is the current majors available at Austin Community College.

    List of Majors at Texas State Technical College

    This is the current majors available at Austin Community College.


    Step 2: Prepare for the application process

    Timeline: Strive to have resumes and college essays completed before the start of senior year.  Letters of recommendation can be requested from faculty members and community members anytime during your high school career.      


    This link has several examples of college resumes as well as verbs that can describe your skill set.

    College Application Essays 

    Get tips and assistance on your college admissions essay

    Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation from teachers, school counselors, and other sources can help college admissions officers get a more complete picture of applicants. 

    College Application Due Dates/Admission Counselors Contacts

    This document has application due dates as well as our regional admission counselors contact if you have any specific questions regarding a university.


    Step 3: Complete College Applications

    Timeline: Most applications open by August 1, senior year. Application due dates vary by institution. Please check individual websites for specifics.


    College Application Portals

    Below are the links to college applications. Make sure to complete your application by the deadline and pay the application fee. See your counselor if you qualify for free or reduced lunch and we can help provide a waiver to help waive the application fee if you qualify for free or reduced lunch

    College Applications


    Step 4: Submit Supplemental Materials

    Timeline: Request for your transcripts and test scores to be sent immediately after you submit your application.

    Send your EVHS Transcript

    Students must request your EVHS transcript to be sent to each college they apply to. Click the link above for instructions.

    Send your SAT/ACT scores to colleges

    Many colleges are "test-optional" this year, so only send your SAT/ACT scores if they support your application.



    Step 5: Monitor your Applications and Apply for Institutional Scholarships

    Timeline: After the application is submitted. 

    Monitor the status of your applications

    Within 72 business hours of submitting and paying for your application, you will receive an email from the university to set up an account to monitor the status of your application. Make sure to create an account and log in frequently to know if you are missing any materials.   

    Apply for Institutional Scholarships

    You will also have access to institutional scholarships once you submit your application. Make sure to complete, as these are the largest source of scholarships. Students should visit each webpage to apply for institutional scholarships once they have submitted their college applications. Each college has specific deadlines and instructions for its institutional scholarships. Some are listed below. Please visit the college website if the info is not found below.